Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has been adamant about his plan to retire at season's end and he reasserted his decision Sunday, telling David O'Brien The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he is set on retiring at the conclusion of the season and is not having any second thoughts about it.
"I thought I was fully capable of doing what I'm doing," he said. "In fact, I told my agent [B.B. Abbott] in spring training. He told me, ‘You can't back-track on this [retirement decision]. If you've got 20 homers and you're hitting .300 and you've got 80 or 90 RBIs, you can't second-guess yourself.' And I said, well, I'm going to have those numbers, and I'm ready to leave. I'm ready to move on."
Jones is having his best year since 2008 and had another multi-hit game Sunday, which improved his triple slash to .320/.396/.516 on the year. Despite the success, 18 seasons is just enough for the 40-year-old Jones as he is ready to call it quits.